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When your dog has a cold or fever, what to do?

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Is your dog sniffling and sneezing today? Does he have goopy eyes and trouble breathing? Is she lethargic and pale, with a rapid heartbeat? If so, chances are he or she has picked up a viral or bacterial infection somewhere, and has come down with either a cold or fever.

Cause of dog sickness

The causes of sickness in dogs can vary depending on their living environment and other factors like how much time they spend outside. Some of the more common symptoms that may indicate your pup is not feeling well are lethargy, diarrhea or vomiting.

  • Never hesitate to contact an animal hospital if you suspect something is wrong with your pet. Symptoms might not seem as serious as they actually are, so it’s better safe than sorry.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of panting, refusal to eat and drinking excessively from their water bowl. If these things persist for more than 24 hours at home, you should take them in for an examination just in case the illness progresses into something more serious.

Prevention is better than cure


A common symptom of sickness in dogs is a respiratory infection. You can tell if your pup is running a high fever by feeling his chest and abdomen for any heat. If you feel anything warm, then the best thing to do is head straight to the vet. But if your pup’s temperature isn’t that high, then take him home and give him some rest with some fluids to hydrate him (you can also add chicken soup for more moisture). He may also want something soft like rice cakes or oatmeal cookies that are easy on his throat as well. I always make sure to wipe my pet’s paws off before he enters the house in order to protect it from bacteria too!

What could be signs of illness in dogs


If your dog is coughing frequently, sneezing and wheezing, drooling excessively and displaying other common signs of illness in dogs such as fever and lethargy (to name a few), you may want to visit the vet. Dogs should not be given aspirin. It will actually cause the dog’s temperature to rise more quickly. If you are concerned about whether or not your dog has come into contact with potentially dangerous materials such as antifreeze, cleaning supplies or household chemicals like bleach – seek medical attention immediately. Not all illnesses in dogs require a vet visit right away; however it is best to err on the side of caution when dealing with any concerns related to health so that they can be properly addressed quickly before they escalate.

What can be reasons for dogs getting sick


The most common causes of a dog’s respiratory infection are bacteria. The bacteria can be contagious so if your pet becomes ill and you have other pets at home it is best that they are quarantined. Some symptoms of dogs that may have a bacterial infection include: cough, thick mucus, discharge from the nose and ears, sneezing and more. It is important to take them to the vet as soon as possible because this can lead to pneumonia which is life-threatening. Other reasons for dogs getting sick include parasites, intestinal infections, viruses (especially canine influenza), cancer, kidney disease and diabetes. If your dog has any of these problems then it needs veterinary care immediately; otherwise an infected animal will not show any signs until they are very sick. If your dog develops a high fever then call their vet because this could be one of many potential illnesses – even rabies!

How to know if the dog needs urgent care


Cold and fever are often confused with one another. When a dog becomes ill and has either cold or fever, it is important to know the difference. Fever is a symptom that often appears when there is an infection of some kind and can be symptomatic of many different illnesses including meningitis. If you have any doubt about the cause of their fever it’s time to call for emergency assistance at this point. As for identifying whether they have a cold versus flu…

Vaccination schedule for dogs in USA


There are several reasons why you might think your pup needs vaccinations. A new pup should be vaccinated every three weeks until 16 weeks old. Once she is 16 weeks old, he will need an annual rabies vaccination and can start receiving other vaccinations too. At this point he will get yearly boosters for the rabies vaccine and once per year shots for the distemper vaccine and other core vaccines in his series. An adult dog is on a different set of vaccines–he should get one dose of rabies vaccine annually and at least one distemper shot but may not need any other vaccinations depending on where he lives.

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